Cheriton Lights Switch On – Saturday 27th November 2021

The Cheriton Lights Switch On is happening on Saturday 27th November 2021!

Join the FHODS Dick Whittington pantomime cast, for the big switch on at 6.30pm and get in the Christmas spirit with a good old sing-along!

The fun starts at 2pm – see you there!



The Tower Theatre Folkestone

The Tower Theatre Covid Re-opening Plan

COVID-19 – Protecting our customers

Following the recent Government announcements regarding Step 4 of the Recovery Roadmap and the full reopening of the economy, we are excited that many COVID restrictions are now able to be relaxed and we can welcome audiences back to our theatre.

Whilst we are delighted to be reopening the Tower Theatre, we also place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, staff and volunteers.

Therefore, we will continue to have additional hygiene and safety measures in place in our theatre. These will include one-way systems, protective screens, enhanced cleaning and plentiful hand sanitisation points. We will also request that our customers still wear a face mask – our staff and volunteers will also be wearing face masks in public areas.

Our full measures include:

Before you visit us

  • Please make sure you have made your booking online in advance. Before leaving home, please check our website for the latest information.
  • Please be ready to make on-site payments using a ‘contactless’ bank card, rather than cash, where possible.
  • We politely request that you refrain from visiting our theatre should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.  Please contact us if you are unable to attend a booked performance and we will amend or refund your booking.
  • Whilst legal restrictions have been lifted, we have reduced capacity and social distancing in the auditorium on some upcoming productions to ensure we can offer you the best possible experience. All performances for Back to the Musicals (August 6-7) will be socially distanced, and we are offering a mixture of social distanced and standard seating performances for The Audience (September 8-11) – please visit the website for details. All subsequent productions will revert to standard seating.
  • All theatre staff and management will take two Covid tests per week.
  • All volunteers must do a lateral flow test before their shift and arrive at the theatre with a negative result before they can work their assigned show.
At the theatre
  • We continue to have additional hygiene and safety measures in place throughout our theatre, including enhanced cleaning, plentiful hand sanitiser points and some suggested social distancing markers.
  • We politely request that all our customers uphold the highest possible hygiene standards –through regular hand washing and the frequent application of hand sanitiser which are available through our theatre.
  • All staff will wear face masks or shields in public areas.
  • We strongly encourage our audience members to wear a mask.
If you have existing tickets for shows that have been rescheduled, you will be contacted about your new dates.These remain unprecedented times for all of us and we hope that these ongoing COVID-19 health and safety measures provide our customers with the confidence and eagerness to visit the Tower Theatre again – we can’t wait to see you all again.

Update on shows and our temporary closure

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, we have had to reschedule or cancel a number of forthcoming performances for this year.
We’ve been working with our producers and performers to determine which shows can be rescheduled for a future date. As you can imagine, this is a complex task in an ever-changing landscape and we really appreciate your patience and kind words during this challenging time.
A list of confirmed scheduled events can be found below. We will update this regularly so you can find out the latest information. We will also be rescheduling our FHODS productions for next year and will update this when we have further details.

The onsite box office continues to be closed to the public, however you can email us at if you have any questions about existing bookings.

Current status of rescheduled shows

Updated April 1 , 2021

A Story of Swing – Apr 17, 2021
4 Poofs and a Piano – Sep 24, 2021
Mad About the Musicals – Sep 25, 2021
Railway Swing Band – Sep 29, 2021
The Jerseys – Oh What a Nite! – Oct 16
Jimmy Jemain – Oct 23, 2021
The Bluejays – Nov 20, 2021
Hijacked Hollies – Nov 26, 2021
Tony Stockwell, Psychic Medium – Nov 29, 2021


The Panto cast have been out and about!

Were you lucky enough to see the fabulous panto cast over the last few days? They really do get about!

Here’s some pictures of them packing bags and meeting customers at the Tesco Cheriton Superstore on Saturday 7th December, and mingling with the crowds at Hythe Late Night shopping on Friday 6th December.


Tesco – 7th December

Hythe 6th December

Romeo and Juliet Auditions

Romeo and Juliet audition pieces.

FHODS will be performing William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy and one of the best-known love stories of all time ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We have so many interesting ideas to reinvent this wonderful play and bring it to life for modern audiences.

Performance dates: 6th-9th May, 2020

Auditions: 8th December, 2019 from 12pm

For further information please contact Jax on

Gaslight cast working with Home-Start Shepway

The cast and crew of “Gaslight” are excited and honoured to be working with Home-Start Shepway on this production. The Enhanced New Beginnings Project gives advice and support to those who experience domestic abuse is National Lottery Community funded and is a major lifeline to all those in Shepway who need help in these difficult situations and beyond.

At the end of August, some of the cast and crew met with the project team to discuss the impact of domestic abuse, giving the whole team guidance on how to make sure the production is authentic and truthful. Homestart will also be manning a stall during the performances, to speak to anyone affected by the performances. If you want more information on Home-Start Shepway and this project, go to

Hi-De-Hi cast perform at Bouverie Place Saturday 17th August 2019

The fabulous Hi-De-Hi cast performed a selection of rock & roll songs as part of the Bouverie Place Summer Fun Day on Saturday 17th August.

Catch them next on Wednesday 21st August at the Venetian Fete on their Hawaiian themed float – Hello Campers!

Philippine Festival going ahead in spite of weather

It’s a bit windy today ?…, but in spite of the weather, the Philippine Festival is going ahead as planned, we’ve just moved it inside the theatre!

The event starts at midday and it’s free entry until 6pm.

Tickets are still available for the variety show this evening too, which will feature the fabulous LK Dancers, who have starred in the smash hit musical Miss Saigon, in the West End. Don’t miss this one!

So come along and immerse yourself in the wonderful Philippine culture.

Free parking on-site


Jack and the Beanstalk

Panto time is nearly here (oh no it’s not!) and tickets are on sale now. Performances December 14-27.

This year FHODS brings you Jack and the Beanstalk, with Mike Nolan from The Fizz and John Pritchard playing Dame Trott. The formidable duo will be joined by a fantastic cast to make this year Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun!

Jack is off on an adventure, swapping his great big cow (not the Dame) for a bag of beans. What a fool you shout! But these are not average, everyday run of the mill supermarket own brand beans… oh no, they’re magic beans! Jack has to save the day, by climbing the beanstalk to confront the evil giant.

Expect stunning costumes, fabulous scenery, a giant, a beanstalk, a cow, fabulous lighting, music, mayhem, laughter, and terrible jokes like this one

“How did Jack know how many Beans his cow was worth? He used a cowculater”

Adults £16
Concession £14 (over 60s)
Children 14 and under £10
Family ticket £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

Book online now